The ADN's other possible "solution" - and I hope this is tongue-in-cheek - is to have Alaskans raise the funds to cover the difference, through bake sales, car washes, and the like.
What if Alaska cannot sell the state jet for as much as it still owes the bank on the 2005 lease? The highest bid so far has been about $2 million, but the state owes $2.5 million.
But maybe Alaskans would decide they don't want to pay $500,000 just to spite former Gov. Murkowski. In which case, they could tell the new governor to keep the plane, use it only for state trooper, prisoner transport and real emergencies, and not worry about it anymore.
Last time I checked, the government already has a good way of raising money from its citizens; it's called taxes.
Too bad there's no way to impose taxes on specific people. Then the state could just send Frank the bill.